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Capitol Jazz Sings the Gershwin Songbook

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The music of George Gershwin (and in most cases the lyrics of Ira Gershwin) is interpreted by 16 fine singers on a sampler CD taken from sessions currently owned by Capitol and its related labels. The music jumps around chronologically and is not programmed with all that much coherence but the music is consistently enjoyable with such notable vocalists as Nat King Cole, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Annie Ross, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Johnny Hartman and Nina Simone ("Summertime") being among the stars. With one exception, all of the music is from the 1946-63 period.